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Derbyshire County Council Environmental Studies Service

Derbyshire County Council Environmental Studies Service

If your school are exploring ‘outdoor learning’ as an option to accommodate social distancing for your pupils when selected classes return and you would like some advice, support, resources or delivery please don’t hesitate to get in touch with [email protected]
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• Educational Visits and Trips
Engaging, inspiring and interactive fieldwork visits. These hands-on, curriculum linked day programmes are offered from a variety of locations or we can design something for your group from a location of your choice. The activities are fully resourced, planned and led by our experienced visit leaders for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Charges are £60 day rate plus £6 per child per day.
Key Stage 1 visits include:
~ History - George Stephenson, a significant individual
~ History - The Strutts, a significant family from Belper
~ Geography - Get to know Chesterfield
~ Mathematics - Infant Architects
~ Art and Design - Urban Art and Design
~ Religious Education - Chesterfield at Christmas
~ Science - What lives here?
Key Stage 2 visits include:
~ History - Roman Times in Chesterfield
~ Geography and History - Town Settlements
~ Geography - Understanding Chesterfield
~ Design Technology - Towers, Pulleys and Construction
~ Geography - Investigating Rivers
~ Geography - Geography Skills
~ Science - Habitats
~ Design Technology - World Heritage Engineers
~ PE and Geography - Awesome Orienteering
Key Stage 3 visits:
~ Geography and history - Investigating Chesterfield
• Tailor made fieldwork at a location of your choice Let us come to you! We'll create a fieldwork session and lead your group in your local urban area, on your school site or on a nearby countryside site. This can be on a theme of your choice, but could include: Art, architecture and heritage; Team building and woodland fun days; Building detectives; River studies on a stream or brook; Local history study; Orienteering, map and compass work; Habitat and wildlife work; Fieldwork skills; supported visit to a local museum, art gallery or church; specific annual events. Charge: £535 per day.
• Derbyshire Forest School
The Forest Schools philosophy is to engage and inspire individuals of any age through an ongoing programme of positive experience and participation in achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment.
Derbyshire Forest School service aims to support settings, schools and groups in Derbyshire in developing Forest Schools Programmes in a sustainable way. For more information visit our Derbyshire Forest School blog site www.forestschools.wordpress.com
• Projects and Teacher Workshops
We run a wide range of learning outside the classroom courses and workshops throughout the year. Our programme includes:
~ Derbyshire Forest School Day
~ Derbyshire Learning Outside the Classroom Conference
~ Introduction to Forest School
~ Forest School Skills development
~ Learning Outside the Classroom Part 1: KS 1&2 (English, History, Music, Art)
~ Learning Outside the Classroom Part 2: KS 1&2 (Maths, Science and Geography)
~ Tailor made workshops and training days


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

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Derbyshire Environmental Studies Visits and Trips
£60 day rate plus £6.00 per child: full day programme taught by our centre staff.
For more information about charges for other services please contact us to discuss your requirements

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

Downloadable self guided visit resources are available for a range of sites around the county. We are also have loan equipment and resources available for school use, please visit the website for more details. www.services.derbyshire.gov.uk/EnvStudies

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